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The Big Break - The Greatest American WWII POW Escape Story Never Told-logo

The Big Break - The Greatest American WWII POW Escape Story Never Told

Stephen Dando-Collins

In the tradition of Paul Brickhill's bestselling The Great Escape, the amazing true story of the the most successful mass Allied escape of World War II from Schubin, Poland The story opens in the stinking latrines of the Schubin camp as an American and a Canadian lead the digging of a tunnel which enabled a break involving 36 prisoners of war (POWs). The Germans then converted the camp to Oflag 64, to exclusively hold US Army officers, with more than 1500 Americans ultimately housed there. Plucky Americans attempted a variety of escapes until January, 1945, only to be thwarted every time. Then, with the Red Army advancing closer every day, camp commandant Colonel Fritz Schneider received orders from Berlin to march his prisoners west. Game on! Over the next few days, 250 US Army officers would succeed in escaping east to link up with the Russians--although they would prove almost as dangerous as the Nazis--only to be ordered once they arrived back in the United States not to talk about their adventures. Within months, General Patton would launch a bloody bid to rescue the remaining Schubin Americans. In The Big Break, this previously untold story follows POWs including General Eisenhower's personal aide, General Patton's son-in-law, and Ernest Hemingway's eldest son as they struggled to be free. Military historian and Paul Brickhill biographer Stephen Dando-Collins expertly chronicles this gripping story of Americans determined to be free, brave Poles risking their lives to help them, and dogmatic Nazis determined to stop them.

In the tradition of Paul Brickhill's bestselling The Great Escape, the amazing true story of the the most successful mass Allied escape of World War II from Schubin, Poland The story opens in the stinking latrines of the Schubin camp as an American and a Canadian lead the digging of a tunnel which enabled a break involving 36 prisoners of war (POWs). The Germans then converted the camp to Oflag 64, to exclusively hold US Army officers, with more than 1500 Americans ultimately housed there. Plucky Americans attempted a variety of escapes until January, 1945, only to be thwarted every time. Then, with the Red Army advancing closer every day, camp commandant Colonel Fritz Schneider received orders from Berlin to march his prisoners west. Game on! Over the next few days, 250 US Army officers would succeed in escaping east to link up with the Russians--although they would prove almost as dangerous as the Nazis--only to be ordered once they arrived back in the United States not to talk about their adventures. Within months, General Patton would launch a bloody bid to rescue the remaining Schubin Americans. In The Big Break, this previously untold story follows POWs including General Eisenhower's personal aide, General Patton's son-in-law, and Ernest Hemingway's eldest son as they struggled to be free. Military historian and Paul Brickhill biographer Stephen Dando-Collins expertly chronicles this gripping story of Americans determined to be free, brave Poles risking their lives to help them, and dogmatic Nazis determined to stop them.
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History

Description:

In the tradition of Paul Brickhill's bestselling The Great Escape, the amazing true story of the the most successful mass Allied escape of World War II from Schubin, Poland The story opens in the stinking latrines of the Schubin camp as an American and a Canadian lead the digging of a tunnel which enabled a break involving 36 prisoners of war (POWs). The Germans then converted the camp to Oflag 64, to exclusively hold US Army officers, with more than 1500 Americans ultimately housed there. Plucky Americans attempted a variety of escapes until January, 1945, only to be thwarted every time. Then, with the Red Army advancing closer every day, camp commandant Colonel Fritz Schneider received orders from Berlin to march his prisoners west. Game on! Over the next few days, 250 US Army officers would succeed in escaping east to link up with the Russians--although they would prove almost as dangerous as the Nazis--only to be ordered once they arrived back in the United States not to talk about their adventures. Within months, General Patton would launch a bloody bid to rescue the remaining Schubin Americans. In The Big Break, this previously untold story follows POWs including General Eisenhower's personal aide, General Patton's son-in-law, and Ernest Hemingway's eldest son as they struggled to be free. Military historian and Paul Brickhill biographer Stephen Dando-Collins expertly chronicles this gripping story of Americans determined to be free, brave Poles risking their lives to help them, and dogmatic Nazis determined to stop them.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Woodson

Length:

8h 18m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:20


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

40:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

33:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

44:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

47:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

33:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

28:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:34